by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 297 comments and questions on History issues. They are listed according to date.
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|Suggested addition||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|No mention of Martin Luther King||Start the Fire||USA|
|Wants us to remove information||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Need to add T. E. Lawrence||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Many still refer to cops as pigs||When Cops were Pigs||USA|
|Kennedy half dollars||Communist US Coins||USA|
|Interested in conspiracy theories||Lincoln and Kennedy||USA|
|Wore a PIG pin||When Cops were Pigs||USA|
|Correction on Rosa Parks||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Mickey Mantle||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Similarities in deaths are undeniable||Lincoln and Kennedy||USA|
|What type of gun was used?||Lincoln and Kennedy||South Africa|
|What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?||Russo-Finnish War||USA|
|Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie||Lincoln and Kennedy||USA|
December 1, 2018
Concerning "1952 Santayana good-bye":
Famed philosopher George Santayana died in 1952
This is all you said about the most pivotal part of Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire". You did such a good job, so it must be mentioned that Santayana was a philosopher who was popularly known for aphorisms, such as "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Glenn - USA (28855)
Thanks for the comment. I added your suggested quote to the Santayana entry and included credit from you.
Best wishes for continued historical success.
No mention of Martin Luther King
May 19, 2018
Why was there no mention of Martin Luther King in the song, "We Didn't Start the Fire"?
Gary - USA (28557)
Yes, it is strange that song-writer Billy Joel did not mention anything about Martin Luther King Jr. in "We Didn't Start the Fire", since he was a major figure in the 1960's. Instead, there are a number of obscure people and events mentioned.
Perhaps he couldn't think of anything that would fit in with the rhythm of the song. But I agree that there should have been mention of MLK.
Wants us to remove information
September 1, 2017
I am a high school librarian. I am planning to do a We Didn't Start the Fire unit with my AP United States History students. They will each have a line of the lyrics to research. They will each create PowerPoint slides for each historical event, person, or thing named. It will all be compiled into one huge PowerPoint. Students will present their slides to the class. I am very excited about doing this with them. I would like to respectfully ask if you could possibly take this info down. I don't want my students to just copy from your site.
Michelle - USA (28206)
It is a good project for your students to study the various historical events.
However, asking us to remove information from our website is out of line. What about the many other resources on the Internet? Should they also be removed?
A better lesson is to teach the students to avoid plagiarism and to cite their resources.
Best wishes for success in your class.
Need to add T. E. Lawrence
May 19, 2017
yeah so I'm scrolling down the list and see that for "Laurence of Arabia" you put down the movie and not the actual person himself, "T.E. Laurence".
Ricardo - USA (28052)
Thanks for the input. I updated the part on Lawrence of Arabia to include some facts about T. E. Lawrence.
Many still refer to cops as pigs
May 15, 2017
just a comment: I and many people I know still refer to the police as 'pigs'....
campbell - USA (28047)
At one time "cops" was a derogatory term for police. Now, that term is accepted and I guess it has changed to "pigs".
Kennedy half dollars
May 7, 2017
Do all the Kennedy half dollar have the mark on the collar or is it a rare coin
Debra - USA (28039)
I haven't seen many Kennedy half-dollars recently, but I don't think they changed the design. It also seems that only the half-dollars and the dimes have the artist's mark on them. Some pennies have a "D" on the front, but that indicates the coin was minted in Denver.
The ideas that the Kennedy half-dollar and the Roosevelt dime have Communist insignia seems to be a silly myth.
Interested in conspiracy theories
February 7, 2017
I am very interested in conspiracy theories. I believe that there is something more to the assassinations of JFK and Lincoln. If you would like to discuss more with me I'm available and if you have any more similarity's I'd be delighted to hear them. Thanks.
Anna - USA (27864)
Conspiracy theories about both assassinations are interesting.
Apparently John Wilkes Booth recruited a gang of conspirators to kidnap Lincoln. He had recruited Michael O'Laughlen, Samuel Arnold, Lewis Powell (alias Paine or Payne), John Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt. On March 15th Booth met with the entire group at Gautier's Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue about three blocks from Ford's Theatre to discuss Lincoln's abduction. Apparently, things didn't work out, so he assassinated Lincoln instead. See John Wilkes Booth Biography.
The life of Lee Harvey Oswald was very strange and included such events as joining the Marines, moving to Russia, then coming back to the U.S., promoting Castro, and then killing Kennedy. Some conspiracy theories say that he couldn't done all this without help--perhaps from the CIA.
Best wishes for success in your studies.
Wore a PIG pin
January 17, 2017
i was a police officer during this time for the city of Kankakee which was a racist dept and we were issued a tie pin with a pig in the middle and words around it said "Pride Integrity Guts. I still have that pin.what happened during my time there you would not believe.
dennis - USA (27811)
Thanks for sharing your experience. It was good that the police forces turned what was supposed to be an insult into a positive statement.
I see that some of the recent demonstrators have been calling the police "pigs" again. They could stifle that by wearing pins like you had back then.
Correction on Rosa Parks
January 2, 2017
Rosa Parks did not sit in the white section. Whenever there were not any seats left in the white section, African Americans had to give up the seats in their section of the bus. She refused to move from the seat assigned to African Americans...not the seat assigned to white people. Please check and correct this. Thank you.
Tabitha - USA (27778)
Thanks for setting the record straight. I corrected the material at Start the Fire Facts - 1956 - Alabama.
Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style
November 8, 2016
How would I cite this in MLA for an Analysis I am writing on this song? thank you so much!
Ray - USA (27479)
The book "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" states:
Web Page Citation:
Author name (if available). Title of work (italicized if the work is independent; in roman type and quotation marks if part of a larger work). Title of Web Site. Version used. Publisher (if available, if none, use N.p.), date of publication as available - if note use n.d., medium of publication - Web, date of access - day, month, year.
Thus, your could state the citation something like:
"We Didn't Start the Fire" (Facts) History Summary from 1949-1989
School for Champions - History
20 June 2016
I hope that helps. Best wishes on your analysis
May 29, 2016
1957. Mickey Mantle was MVP for 2nd consecutive year
Joseph - USA (27036)
Thanks for the info. I updated the page to include this fact about Mantle.
Similarities in deaths are undeniable
March 24, 2016
These similarities are undeniable. This is very interesting but my question is: What do these similarities mean?? It's awesome that these events correspond with each other but why does it matter that they do? what would this mean for America?
Breanna - USA (26883)
The similarities between the deaths of Lincoln and Kennedy certainly are interesting and even amazing, Some people read into the similarities that Kennedy was some sort of reincarnation of Lincoln. Others feel that if you compare the deaths of any two famous people, you can find a number of similarities.
I don't think much can be determined by these coincidences, except that they are simply interesting facts of history. It doesn't really change anything for America.
What type of gun was used?
January 18, 2016
I have recently watch a documentary on this matter. What caliber firearm was used on both these presidents and what time of the day or night did this happen. Is there any street name similarities.
Kiri - South Africa (26704)
Lincoln was killed with a handgun, while Kennedy was shot with a sniper rifle.
Lincoln was watching a play at night, while Kennedy was in a car during the day.
Lincoln was in the Ford Theater, while Kennedy was riding in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?
November 23, 2015
What is the postwar history of national control of Karelian Peninsula since the end of the war and the dissolution of the Soviet Union?
What language is dominant?
William - USA (26559)
In 1991, Russian president Boris Yeltsin offered to sell Karelian Peninsula to Finland, but the offer was declined because the price was too high ($15 billion).
There is only moderate interest in Finland to get the area back. Many Finns left the area after the Soviets took over. Although Finn is still spoken in some areas, the peninsula is mostly inhabited by people who moved there from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and their descendants.
Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie
August 4, 2015
In 1951 there was a movie made called "The Tall Target" about Lincoln traveling from New York to Washington for his inauguration and the character traveling with him to help thwart his assissination was named John Kennedy.
Thomas - USA (26257)
Thanks for bringing that up. There actually was a police officer named John Kennedy who discovered the "Baltimore Plot" to kill Lincoln. Another strange coincidence.
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